Why is infection control becoming a growing priority for care homes?

As we live longer our care needs become more complex and our bodies become more susceptible to infection.  Set against the backdrop of challenging economic conditions, this has placed a greater pressure on care and nursing homes to improve infection control practices – something that has not gone unnoticed in the media, making infection control a high priority.

In the UK, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) undertakes inspection to ensure that care homes comply with the CQCs 16 standards, one of which covers cleanliness and infection control.  Care providers that are registered with the CQC are subject to the at least one unannounced annual inspection to ensure that residents should be cared for in a clean environment and protected from the risk of infection.

Along with this, the National Institute for Care and Excellence (NICE) has published its own guidelines for maintaining the highest levels of infection control in care homes.  NICE estimates 300,000 patients a year acquire a healthcare associated infection in England, many of which can be avoided with improved infection control practices, with MRSA and C-diff infections responsible for 9000 deaths.  In addition to the human cost, preventable infections cost the NHS approximately £1bn per year.

To ensure that you are fully compliant, you can view the NICE “prevention and control of healthcare associated infections in primary and community care” report here.

In response to the growing concern around infection control, and a greater emphasis on prevention, Dartex has developed a new range of products, all of which can be machine washable at up to 95°C – much higher than the recommended 71°C.  This means that our fabrics kill bacteria much more effectively without compromising the performance of the fabric.  In addition to this, all our products are easily wiped clean making them ideal for a care home setting.  All of this ensures that Dartex fabrics help minimise the spread of infections by supporting the infection control practices of care homes.

To find out more about our new product range and how it can support and enhance infection control practices, visit our product range pages or give us a call on +44 (0)115 983 76 76.